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US sells N181bn Warplanes to Nigeria to help fight Boko Haram

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US sells $181bn Warplanes to Nigeria to help fight Boko Haram - BellaNaija

The United States government has sold warplanes worth N181 billion to the Nigerian government in its bid to combat the Islamic sect Boko Haram.

According to Punch, the US Department of Defence (Pentagon) informed the Congress of the sale of 12 Super Tucano A-29 ground attack aircraft and weapons to Nigeria.

The sale of the 12 ground attack vehicles is said to be valued at $593 million (N181 billion).

The Super Tucano is said to be “an agile, propeller-driven plane with reconnaissance and surveillance as well as attack capabilities, is made by Brazil’s Embraer.”

Senator Christopher Coons, Head of the US Congress Delegation, said during an assessment visit to the Theatre Command of Operation LAFIYA DOLE in Maiduguri on Tuesday, that the US is dedicated to helping Nigeria defeat the Boko Haram insurgency.

According to NAN, he said the visit was designed to appraise the performance of the military and to enable him to understand the challenges facing the Armed Forces in accomplishing its mission to defeat the insurgents. He said:

I am pleased to head the Delegation of the U.S. Congress; three Senators and three House members to come and hear about the hard work of the military in the Northeast of Nigeria.

The US is strongly supporting the hard work of the military in combating terrorism and we are glad for the opportunity to know how we can support Nigeria in combating terrorism.

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4 Comments

  1. truth

    August 29, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    wasteful money. smh. May God help give Nigerians better wisdom and open their eyes to pure waste of resources.

  2. Seriously

    August 29, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    This is a waste. Buhari is about to put Nigeria in trillion dollar debt. That money can be used to build quality hospitals, resources and medical advancement to add to the revenues. This is a huge loss, it brings nothing to the table.

    Boko haram can be fought by Nigerian military but it’s the dirty politics behind it that’s the problem. Boko haram is sponsored by radical Muslims who are in the government. Give them ultimatum but it shows you the current ruler Buhari can’t be trusted.

  3. O_o

    August 29, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    181 billion Naira not dollars!

  4. Oluwaseun

    August 30, 2017 at 6:02 am

    $181 Billion ke!, @Bellanaija please kindly correct the mistake before Nigerians begin to think our leaders have lost their mind.

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